House Sparrow


Learn to paint this Sparrow; you will be guided through the following techniques – working with contrasting colours – specifically brown and red pigments, achieving realistic wood, adding washes in the right directions and how to create the fullness of the feathers through layering.  All this alongside a range of other watercolour techniques.


Sparrow (female) – Watercolour Lesson

This is an instant PDF download, you could start painting this Sparrow in a matter of minutes, you don’t even need to wait for the post to arrive! You will receive a 17 page PDF document which is set out in the same way as the tutorials I write for magazines, but you get lots more whole page photos of the different stages.

This was one of the tutorials which I’ve had published in the Leisure Painter magazine now you have a second chance to read and paint it!


Go on, give it a go, this sparrow is just shouting out to be painted!



Downloadable lessons enable you to work at your own speed, you can dip in and out of the content, you can spend time studying the fine details and practise the various techniques as often as you like.   

Have fun with this lesson, take your time and let me know how you get on. Try printing off the last few pages which have the larger versions of the step by step photos for additional help.

Get yourself ready…….you will need the following:
Brushes:  Size 00 (detail brush), Size 6 watercolour brush, Half inch flat brush, Old detail brush for acrylic paint (wash out every couple of minutes to prevent the ferrule becoming clogged)
Paper:  Bockingford NOT cold pressed, medium texture, A4 (210mm x 297mm or 8.27” x 11.69”)
Watercolour Paints:  Cadmium yellow, aureolin yellow, burnt sienna, alizarin crimson, ultramarine blue, raw umber, burnt umber, ivory black and opaque white.
Acrylic Paints: White
If you don’t have the exact materials, please don’t worry, something similar should be fine.